Saturday, July 30

Takom's 35th scale Typ 205 Mäuschen - They call that "little"?

The last of the four super heavy tanks from Takom (for now) is this, the Typ 205 Mäuschen, coming to us in 1/35th scale. We look at the new information provided on the kit and some of the development history of this paper proposal in our preview...

Takom's 35th scale Typ 205 Mäuschen - call that "little"?

Takom are hitting us with four experimental Super heavy tanks in 1/35th scale in the space of two months. We have recently previewed the "Mammutthat we looked at last month, the recent O-I Super Heavy tank & the VK.168.01 (P). Today we look at the new Typ 205 "Mäuschen" Super Heavy Tank in design and in proposed plastic. 
The Subject: Typ 205 Mäuschen Super Heavy Tank
The Maus line of tank development - The development of the Maus originates from a contract given to Porsche for the design of a 100-ton tank in March 1942. Porsche's design, known as the VK 100.01 / Porsche Type 205, was shown to Adolf Hitler in June 1942, who subsequently approved it. Work on the design began in earnest; the first prototype, to be ready in 1943 was initially to receive the name Mammut (Mammoth). This was reportedly changed to Mäuschen (Little Mouse) in December 1942 and finally to Maus (Mouse) in February 1943, which became the most common name for this tank. These were all development steps to the final project.

From pixels to plastic, the Typ 205 Mäuschen is coming to injection moulded plastic.
The Mäuschen (Little Mouse) was a proposed tank that never came to fruition. A development step on the way to the later and heavier Maus super-heavy tank that was made into a few prototypes. In summer 1942, the Porsche company received an order for the development of an assault tank with as much protection as possible and a powerful gun. One of the results of the superheavy Maus tank's development was the Typ 205 Mäuschen, a design project with the same interior. As we said, it existed only in blueprints, so the modeller can make this kit into anything they really want!

Again, this tank never made it past the plan status, and the closest it came to reality was in World of Tanks.

The Kits: Takom's Typ 205 Mäuschen
 Kit number #2159 is the "Paper panzer" developmental stage tank, the Type 205 Mäuschen in 1/35th scale. Like the other super heavies in the late development stage from Takom, design is undertaken in co-operation with Snowman Models.
Some finer points on this kit:
- The hatches on this tank can be posed opened or closed, but there is no interior planned for this kit.
- Photo-etch parts are included
- The suspension, road wheels and tracks are all workable 
- Vinyl plastic tracks are included. These are workable with steel rods to join them..
- There are four marking choices in the kit.

That is all we have on this particular release for now - keep tuned for more info...

That is all we know about this release for now. You can see more about Takom's kits on their website or on their Facebook page.